The Emergency Food Assistance Program

SMCAA offers a quarterly food supplement program for anyone who is struggling and in need of food.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP.

Potential Assistance Offered

​SMCAA distributes TEFAP commodities on a quarterly basis on the third Wednesday of February, May, August, and November. In 2020, SMCAA provided 54,634 food boxes to in-need households across the tri-county area!

Please note: on occasion we may run out of supplies and close early.

Eligibility Requirements

- Resident of Berrien, Cass, or Van Buren County
- Program participants may only pick up at one location per quarter
- Eligibility income and residency is self-declared

Application Process

If you fit within the eligibility requirements listed above, you may qualify for this program! Before beginning the application process, be advised that the following documentation MUST be included with your applicated in order to be processed:

No documentation is needed.

Please see program locations by clicking the button below.